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The healing power of lemon balm

  1. The leaves of lemon balm are tasty, healthy and have medicinal qualities, mainly due to the large amount of essential oils and flavonoids contained in this plant. Lemon balm is a perennial plant; it dies in winter but returns strongly in spring. The plant originally comes from Turkey, Syria and Palestine. Especially the Arabs and to a lesser extent Greeks have spread the herb throughout Europe and North Africa.

Naming lemon balm

  1. In Latin, this plant is called Melissa Officinalis. Melisse means 'honey bee'. The flowers contain plenty of nectar; making it a beloved plant for honey bees. Officinalis means: from the pharmacist's workshop. All herbs that have the word 'officinalis' in their Latin, botanical name have traditionally been counted among the most important medicinal herbs. The addition of lemon was given because this herb smells and tastes like lemon. In Dutch

Lemon balm in ancient times

  1. Lemon spice makes the heart happy, as was already noticed in ancient times. In ancient Greece, lemon balm was used to dispel depression, provide comfort and strengthen memory. Born as a Greek but working between the ancient Romans, Dioscorides, pioneer of medicine and herbal science

Lemon balm from the Middle Ages to the present day

  1. In the Middle Ages, lemon balm was used as a scattering herb as it refreshed musty castles, damp monasteries and filthy churches and repelled insects. Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohemheim, also known as Paracelsus, called lemon balm an elixir of life. Charlemagne ordered every monastery to plant lemon balm in the garden. It later became part of Carmelite water, water to which a great deal of healing power was attributed and which gave the Carmelite monastery in Paris a great material wealth. This 'Eau des Carmes' contained, among other things, nutmeg, cinnamon, lemon zest, angelica and coriander. Rembert Dodoens, a pioneering herbal scientist

Active ingredients lemon grass

  1. Lemon balm mainly uses its leaves before drying. They are best fresh because otherwise many substances will evaporate, the aroma will disappear and the healing power will be nil. The leaves are picked just before the plant flowers. Sometimes the whole above-ground plant is used instead of just the leaves. Lemon balm contains more than 40 different types of essential oils. It also contains phenolic acids, triterpenic acids, flavonoids, bitter substances, tannins, monoterpene glycosides, melitrile acids, mucilage, the vitamins

Lemon balm good for digestive tract

  1. Lemon balm has an antispasmodic action on the stomach, intestines and bile ducts in that it prevents vomiting, promotes the secretion of gastric juices and is bile-forming. That makes it a digestive stimulant herb. In addition, it is carminative or carminative. The essential oils and phenolic acids mainly work positively on the digestive tract. These medicinal properties make it in phytotherapy

Consult the herbalist

  1. Anyone who wants to use lemon balm as a medicinal product is recommended to take a consultation with a herbalist. Lemon balm extracts and medicines in the form of mother tinctures, powders, nebulisate, liquid extract and capsules should only be taken on the prescription of authorized persons. A doctor or herbalist can inform you about this, as well as about any side effects and interactions with other medicines or herbs. All medicinal effects of this medicinal herb mentioned in this article are based on scientific research and come from Geert Verhelst's Large Handbook of Medicinal Plants, a standard work in the field of healing plants. The book is used in phytotherapy.

  2. Anyone who wants to use lemon balm as a medicinal remedy is recommended to take a consultation with a herbalist. Lemon balm extracts and medicines in the form of mother tinctures, powders, nebulisate, liquid extract and capsules should only be taken with the prescription of authorized persons. A doctor or herbalist can inform you about this, as well as about any side effects and interactions with other medicines or herbs. All medicinal effects of this medicinal herb mentioned in this article are based on scientific research and come from Geert Verhelst's Groot Handboek Medicinal Plants, a standard work in the field of healing



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